an easy way to help.
watching the twitter feed on the eve and aftermath of hurricane sandy was heart-wrenching. i could see my east coast friends frightened, anxious and worried about what would be next, and felt helpless to do anything to comfort them from so far away. the damage is extensive and my friends anna and jenna are doing a great job reporting on what you may not see on the news. jenna shared with us a really easy way to help. occupy sandy has set up a simple amazon.com registry — just like any registry there’s an itemized list of things volunteers and residents need to help get back on their feet, like flashlights, diapers, trash bags all just right there for you to add to your shopping cart and send immediately into the hands of those smaller organizations like occupy sandy who are getting the work done to clean up and help those in need. unfortunately The Red Cross doesn’t accept individual donations of household goods — these things, it says, need to be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged, and all that takes up more time than they’re worth. It asks for financial donations only. please consider shopping for occupy sandy. it takes a few minutes and will help get things on the ground to the people who need it now, without all the red tape of donations.
• image via the new yorker.